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VN speaks out on human rights

Update: June, 16/2014 - 09:12

GENEVA (VNS) — Viet Nam has told the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that it has a consistent policy of protecting and promoting human rights.

During discussions on civilian, political, economic, cultural, social and development rights, Viet Nam's delegates also reported on progress the country has made in building legal institutions and implementing policies and strategies relating to citizens' rights, particularly the rights of vulnerable groups, such as women, children and victims of human trafficking.

They reiterated the country's resolve to carry out its voluntary commitments as a member of the UN Human Rights Council, and made several proposals on solutions to promote and safeguard human rights.

Viet Nam's ambassador Pham Quoc Tru, Deputy Head of the Viet Nam's Mission to the UN, said governments, enterprises, UN organisations and other relevant bodies should co-operate to alleviate the negative impacts of globalisation on human rights.

He said beside efforts to facilitate the flow of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and protect the legitimate interests of corporations, appropriate attention should be paid to protecting labourers' rights to ensure harmony in everyone's interests.

Tru called for specific measures to be taken to end violence against women and eradicate hunger and poverty, calling on developed countries to play a bigger role.

Viet Nam's representative acknowledged the efforts made by the Special Rapporteur, UN agencies and international community in promoting a human-rights based approach to human trafficking.

He also called for countries to pay more attention to community measures to fight human trafficking, including making use of information provided by former victims.

The council session will today continue with discussions on women, children, people with disabilities and education.

The council will also examine the human rights situation in Belarus, Syria, Eritrea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. — VNS

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